Chang'e 3 - China's Moon Lander & Rover Mission


Chang'e 3 is a lunar exploration mission operated by the China National Space Administration (CNSA), incorporating a robotic lander and China's first lunar rover. It was launched in December 2013 as part of the second phase of the Chinese Lunar Exploration Program.
Chang'e 3 achieved lunar orbit on 6 December 2013 and landed on 14 December 2013, becoming the first probe to soft-land on the Moon since Luna 24 in 1976.
The rover is named Yutu (meaning "Jade Rabbit").

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Chang'e3-Lander.jpg Chang'e 3, China's first Moon lander (imaged by the Yutu rover)

Chang'e3-Rover.jpg Chang'e 3, Yutu rover (imaged by the lander)

Chang'e-3_LunarLandingSite.jpg Approximate landing site of the Chinese Chang'e 3 lander

Sinus_Iridum,_Chang'e_3_&_Lunokhod_1_landing_sites.png LRO image of the landing site. Note the proximity of the site to a contact between red and blue maria.

Chang'e_3_landing_site.png LRO close-up image taken on 25 December 2013. The lander (large arrow) and rover (small arrow) can be seen.

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Change3-Descent-tn.png Chang'e 3 descent onto lunar surface.

RoverDeploy-tn.png Chang'e 3 rover is deployed onto lunar surface.


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